CFB Picks: Clemson vs. Virginia College Football Picks, Predictions 10/3/20
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Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) at Clemson Tigers (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Clemson Tigers -28.5 -- Over/Under: 54 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers and Clemson Tigers meet Saturday in week 5 college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Virginia Cavaliers look for a massive upset victory to start the CFB season with a 2-0 record. The Virginia Cavaliers have lost three of their last four road games. Brennan Armstrong is completing 53.3 percent of his passes for 269 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Armstrong has three touchdown passes on his last 65 pass attempts. Lavel Davis Jr. and Billy Kemp IV have combined for 171 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Tony Poljan has four receptions. The Virginia Cavaliers ground game is averaging 188 yards per contest, and Wayne Taulapapa leads the way with 95 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Virginia is allowing 20 points and 342 yards per game. Zane Zandier leads the Virginia Cavaliers with 15 tackles, Noah Taylor has 1.5 sacks and Brenton Nelson has two interceptions.
The Clemson Tigers look for another home win to start a CFB season 3-0 for the third straight season. The Clemson Tigers haven’t lost a home game since November of 2016. Trevor Lawrence is completing 81.1 percent of his passes for 519 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lawrence has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 12 games. Amari Rodgers and Frank Ladson Jr. have combined for 244 receiving yards and three touchdowns while E.J. Williams has four receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 173.5 yards per contest, and Travis Etienne leads the way with 170 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 6.5 points and 246 yards per game. Myles Murphy leads the Clemson Tigers with nine tackles, Regan Upshaw has 1.5 sacks and Bryan Bresee has one pass deflection.
The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 12-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tigers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games in October, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite and 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The over is 7-0 in Cavaliers last 7 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Tigers last 7 games overall. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Clemson Tigers have looked as good as we thought they would out the gate and Lawrence has to be the early frontrunner for the Heisman. Clemson is firing on all cylinders, but we also have to admit Wake Forest and The Citadel isn't the toughest completion in the world. The Virginia Cavaliers are a much improved program the last few years, and they're coming off a solid win over Duke where the offense looked sharp and they took over in the second half. Virginia isn't the same pushover team in the ACC its been in years past. The athletes have improved for Virginia and there's a toughness about this group.
Clemson wins, but that hook on the four free touchdowns could be key here. Give me Virginia and the points.